Poster Composer Margaret Bonds
Pianist and composer Margaret Bonds paved the way for many Black women artists today.
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Rhapsody in Black

Margaret Bonds and the words of Langston Hughes

Rhapsody in Black - Margaret Bonds

Composer Margaret Bonds grew up and thrived in the city of Chicago, breaking barriers for the future generations of Black women composers. Like many artist before her, racism was a consistent part of her life, but the words of renown Black novelist Langston Hughes helped her with that struggle. Later forming a friendship with the writer, Bonds composed many pieces inspired by his text.


Host: Vernon Neal

Producer: Dan Nass

Writers: Andrea Blain and Scott Blankenship

Executive Producer: Julie Amacher

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Where we turn up the voices of Black artists in the world of classical music, with host Vernon Neal.

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